| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Architect and community activist Ron Hendrickson died at his home in Newport Beach last month after battling esophageal cancer. He was 85.
Hendrickson and his identical twin, Don, were born July 3, 1928, to Harvey and Sophia Hendrickson in Glendale. The...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 10:35 AM
Austrian students from the Vienna University of Technology edged out the University of Nevada Las Vegas and 17 other collegiate teams Saturday in Irvine to win the 2013 Solar Decathlon, the closest finish to the sustainable house design competition...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 8:48 AM
Past the neatly coordinated neighborhoods, the master-planned homes and immaculate lawns, on an old military runway in Irvine, a community that imagines life on a smaller scale has taken root.
There, hundreds of college students from across the U.S.,...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 2:58 PM
Nearly 40 years ago, I interviewed Newport Beach architect William Ficker and asked why most of the major buildings in the Newport-Mesa area lacked strong architectural design.
Ficker's answer was that it requires a mature community to accept strong...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 9:43 PM
Despite protests that the city of Newport Beach spent too much on its newly erected Civic Center, city officials are saying some respite may be in sight, especially in terms of energy savings.
The City Council recently received a one-time check for...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 8:38 PM
Starting at 7 a.m. Nov. 6, Allyson Jones Wong strapped herself into a safety harness and climbed atop a boomlift. Working nonstop until the light ebbed at 5 p.m. almost every day, she overlooked exhaustion and illness.
Her sole focus: to paint.
| May 3, 2013
| 1:59 PM
The votes are in for the winners of the 14th annual Newport Beach Film Festival.
The eight-day festival concluded Thursday with a closing night spotlight of "The Way, Way Back." The sold-out screening was hosted at the Regency Lido Theatre, with an...
| May 7, 2013
| 9:12 AM
Costa Mesa High School athletics boosters weighed in Monday on a preliminary proposal for a revamped football and soccer field with an all-weather track around it.
School district planners are in the middle of a feasibility study considering what...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 4:21 PM
On Tuesday afternoon, after an underwhelming and predictable Costa Mesa City Council study session about the proposed charter, I left the Council Chambers and decided to take a quick stroll to the greenbelt across the street from the Police Station.
| Oct 20, 2012
| 6:55 PM
Architect Peter Bohlin, who designed Newport Beach's new Civic Center project, will discuss the facility at a free event at the Central Library at 7 p.m. Monday.
"The New Civic Center: A Vision for the Future" will be open to the public on a first-come,...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 2:00 PM
Undulating wooden waves borne on glittering glass. Shaded walkways facing walls covered in green. An oculus that will let in light like an eye. And a giant Gore-Tex and polymer sail that will glow in the night.
These are all elements of architecture firm...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 12:03 PM
During the 1950s, Southern California culture was ablaze with anything considered chic, sophisticated and novel. Artists, designers and architects were pushing boundaries in style, design, architecture and invention.
World War II was over, and the...